Active Living: Transportation-Health Connection

Active living is an approach to community design that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The mission of the Active Living Network is to build a national coalition of leaders who have a stake in the way places are designed and built, and to support their efforts to create and promote activity-friendly communities.

An active living environment:

  • Is walkable
  • Supports, encourages and promotes physical activity
  • Is designed to support compact development, mixed use, accessibility and public transit
  • Locates activities of daily living within walking distance along an interconnected network of streets, sidewalks and paths, thereby increasing incentives for walking and decreasing driving
  • Has sidewalks, on-street bicycle facilities, multi-use paths and trails, parks, open space and recreational facilities
  • Promotes policies that encourage mixed-use development and a connected grid of streets, allowing homes, work, schools and stores to be close together and accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Makes being physically active 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week easy, convenient and pleasurable

Inter-Organizational Web Links



Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian Award Program 2003

  1. Bicycling
    1. Design and Engineering, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
  2. Land Use
    1. Designing Transportation Systems for Active Communities: Planning, Design and System Performance Considerations, Moscovich, Jose Luis
    2. Creating Successful Communities: Making it Happen!, Canby, Anne
  3. Transportation and Health
    1. A New Role for Public Health in Transportation: Creating and Supporting Community Models for Active Transportation, Killingsworth, Richard E.

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